Week of 3.27.17

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Erin Go Bra(gh)

Kathy Broock Ballard’s annual St. Patrick’s Day charity event is a play on words – the Gaelic for “Ireland forever.” But her girlfriends, 70 came this year, know that the new underwear they bring will be cherished by the women-in-need clients of Grace Centers of Hope and CARE House of Oakland County. The happy hour party at the Village Club is emerald accented (see photo gallery) and noted for Ballard’s generous hospitality. The venue is special to the hostess because ”...my grandmother was one of the founders of this club.” The news maker at the party was Cheryl Hall-Lindsay. She arrived with a foot cast to go with her arm cast. Both injuries were sustained during her fitness run through the neighborhood, but the foot cast was brand new. “This morning I was hit by a car...and the driver ran over my foot,” she explained. Keeping fit can be dangerous.
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oakland confidential

April 2017

BIGOTRY 101: Who could have imagined that in 2017 anti-semitism would once again be rearing its ugly head. Sadly, some local Republicans confirm the toxic malady hit the state’s Republican convention in February, when party administrative vice-chair David Wolkinson of Birmingham ran for re-election to the party position. "There were a bunch of people who also wanted to be vice-chair who ...more»
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Township resident double crossed in fraud

03/17/2017 - Bloomfield Township residents who were selling furniture on eBay ended up becoming the victim of fraud through phony purchase transfers and scams on shipping and handling.

On Wednesday, March 8, Bloomfield Township police spoke with the residents who live in the 700 block of Palms Road. The residents told officers that they were selling furniture on the internet website eBay, and they began communicating with a prospective buyer who lived in California. The buyer sent a check to the victim for more than double the agreed upon purchase price. The buyer then asked the victim to transfer the extra funds to a third account in order to pay for the shipping and handling.

The township residents did as requested, and then was notified five days later that the check from the buyer was fraudulent.

The victim's bank account is now out the funds that were sent for shipping.

The residents had not yet sent the furniture to the prospective buyer when they discovered the fraud.

Bloomfield Township detectives are investigating the incident.

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